Literacy Innovation Award

The Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award honours innovation in the creation and delivery (or in the development, implementation and delivery) of adult literacy or adult-integrated family literacy programs delivered by a community organization in Canada. The adult-focused literacy program makes a positive contribution to the lives of the participants as well as the community and could serve as a model for other organizations to adapt.  

There is one (1) top award of $20,000 and up to four (4) honourable mention awards in the amount of $5,000 each. The awards as granted can be invested into the program and/or applied to operating funds. 

How To Apply:
Thank you for your interest in The Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award. The 2017 submission period is now closed and thank you to all organizations submitting their applications. All submissions are being evaluated and winners will be notified in July. 


​Frequently Asked Questions

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How to use this application form:


• Save the file on your computer as you work as “LIA2017application_YourOrganizationName”.

• Complete the highlighted sections. Note: you must work within the space allotted. The form will not accept additional text.

• Except for the Canadian Charitable Registration Number field (applicable only to charitable organizations), you must complete all fields.


Submission guidelines:

The submission period for 2017 is now closed.

2017 Submission Period:


April 3, 2017: submission period opens

June 5, 2017: submission due by 5:00PM EDT

July 31, 2017: winners notified

2016 Top Award Winner: Receiving $20,000  

The Saint John Learning Exchange, Saint John NB  
Program: Stone Soup
Stone Soup is a food education and employment social enterprise developed by Saint John Learning Exchange (SJLE). Stone Soup runs a School Food branch that prepares in-house no-fee daily lunches to 100 students in need, as well as a Café and a Catering branch, where the employers and managers are the teachers. Participants go through ten weeks of training—in the classroom to develop literacy and workplace essential skills and rotating between the three branches of the social enterprise, where they apply and expand their knowledge, skills and confidence. Participants are involved in planning, daily food production, using a cash register, communicating with customers, completing work documents, as well as building soft skills such as self-awareness, receiving and responding to feedback.


2016 Honourable Mention Winners: Receiving $5,000 each

Antigonish County Adult Learning Association (ACALA), Antigonish NS
Program: ACALA First Voice Media
Literacy Link South Central, London ON
Program: Innov-8
Miramichi Literacy Council Inc., Miramichi NB
Program: Cooking to Learn
Project READ Literacy Network Waterloo Wellington, Kitchener ON
Program: Learning Together

About Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life have been major supporters of ABC Life Literacy Canada since 1999. Through their involvement with ABC Life Literacy Canada and other national literacy programs across the country, the companies are helping promote literacy and lifelong learning – key needs in helping many Canadians realize their potential at work, at home and in the community.

As an Imagine Caring Company, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life donate a minimum of one per cent of average pre-tax profits to non-profit, charitable and community organizations each year. Through their national corporate citizenship program, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life work with these organizations to build stronger communities together and achieve lasting change.

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